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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [03.03.04]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

Est. Street Price: $130

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The GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W has a lot to offer - first of all of course is the internal wireless LAN adapter. I am not going to make too big a fuss over it though, because it is going to drive the price of this board by around $30, which is exactly what you would expect to pay for any other wireless LAN adapter, USB or otherwise. So Gigabyte is not going to get a TON of points from me for that, but I will commend them for offering it! I think every board is going to have it eventually.

Installation-wise, Gigabyte is usually among the best, and the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W is no exception. Fully keyed headers with matching PCI plates, color coded panel connectors, pinout map label, dual bios, are just some of the features that make our lives easy as we attempt to install a system based around this board. My only gripe is that there is no Clear CMOS jumper on this board! You can see where it WOULD be, but rather than have two pins to short, there are just bits of solder! I have absolutely NO idea why they would do this - this forces us to remove the battery to clear the CMOS.

Performance-wise, there is no denying that the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W is a stellar performer in every regard. It goes beyond what you would expect, although not quite catching up to the Abit AI7 unfortunately.

Overclocking is one thing that Gigabyte has been lacking in in the past. They have come back strongly with the awesome features found in the BIOS of the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W. Full 'key in' CPU overclocking, with nice voltage features and great memory tweaking features make this a solid overclocker. We were able to successfully run it at 1100 MHz FSB (275 MHz X 4), which is VERY good news for you Northwood 2.4C overclockers.

One other note is that I would have liked to see RAID capability in some fashion. That would have increased the price a bit, and we expect to see the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W retail for around $130, which puts it up there compared to other 865PE boards.

If you are looking for a well performing 865PE based board, and at the same time want to add another wireless adapter to your network, I see no reason not to recommend the GA-8IPE1000 Pro2-W. Gigabyte is on the right track!

  • Stellar performance even with tweaks disabled
  • Perfect layout, smaller 3/4 size ATX board
  • Great installation features, easy to use
  • Awesome overclocking features

  • No RAID
  • High price
  • No clear CMOS jumper

Final Score: 92%